Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Life is Good!

Life is Good here on the central coast of California complete with good friends, food and playing in my studio once again.

A few weeks ago I had the most heart-warming surprise show up on my doorstep.....two of my favorite friends....Vickie and Charlene.  Vickie and I had planned our get-together but little did I know that our friend, Charlene, had made the long trip from Texas to visit as well.  How dear they both were...laden with gifts, well wishes, and hugs. Life has been good in many ways during this time of recovery. It has blessed me with reminders of how rich my life is and to open my eyes to the appreciation of the simple pleasures of daily living that surround me.  These two women have the biggest, most generous hearts.  Their visit gave me the inspiration and jump start I needed to make the transition from convalescing (and a bit of the ole poor me's) to leaping back into a joy-filled life.....which was there all the time.  

We had three glorious days together in which we dined al fresco at one of San Luis Obispo's new boutique restaurants.....Charlene and I on the patio below....where we had the most glorious grilled cheese sandwiches complete with a selection of exotic cheeses, fresh basil and tomatoes...yum.

 Of course we did a little shopping.  The shop below is Serendipity in the Village of Arroyo Grande...full of art, found objects, clothes and treats.

And speaking of art...look at the pieces on display in Serendipity below.  I am so very proud of my friend, Stephani Gorman, for having several of her paintings featured front and center in this lovely boutique.  Congratulations Steff!!!  They are great.

Simple pleasures such as preparing meals once again have been so refreshing.  Having fun trying new recipes and cooking for my hubby......he's been taking care of me for the past several weeks and now it's my turn to give back.  

One of my favorite breakfast dishes is polenta, fried egg with cheese, fresh basil, tomatoes and avocado...yummy!  

Butternut risotto is another favorite....here with a side of grilled zucchini.  Comfort food indeed!

Spending time in my studio again, getting my hands dirty in bronze clay.  I love this clay.... it holds a lot of possibilities and the color is divine.  Here are a few pieces I have designed from the clay bits that came out of my kiln last week.  

I will be teaching a 3-day retreat (Petite Retreat) in my home studio the end of May where we will explore the basics of bronze clay.  See my "Classes" section for details.  The retreat is currently full, however, I do have a waiting list if anyone would like to be added to it.

I am participating in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party and Swap for the first time this spring.  How exciting....I have been partnered with an accomplished ceramic bead artist on the East Coast who I will reveal to you in my next post.  Lori's swaps are such a great opportunity to meet new people, work with beads different from which we are used to working with, encouraging our creative muses in different directions, and giving us the privilege of sharing what we love to create with others. Check out her blog and prepare yourself in joining in the fun of the next bead swap. 


Sandy Navarro said...

OMG! You are definitely back and then some! So excited that I am already signed up and am absolutely loosing my mind over these fabulous new pieces! Have to say I knew about Charlene's surprise visit because I spent the weekend before they headed up your way AND the weekend after w/them! So happy we've all found each other!

Charlene said...

Oh my sweet friend how wonderful it was to see you!!!! I'm glad I could help you get your MOJO back as I can say it's back in full force! Your creations are stunning as always. You just keep things so fresh & new. I hate that I won't be at Petite Retreat this year but, NEXT YEAR I'll be back. This year I'll be unpacking & knee deep in remodeling. Who would have known when I declined that I would be in the moving mode. But, what a fun summer we'll have. We'll make up for all I miss in June. But, I will miss playing with my Art Sisters. HUGS to you Ms Olive & Daddy D.

vovsblog said...

your pieces are beautiful! Stopping by visiting all the blogs taking part in the bead soup cant wait to see what you make!

Stephani Gorman said...

Hi Diana!
Nice to see you out and about and having some fun! Thanks for sharing my paintings..., so sweet of you!
Your new jewelry pieces are amazing and beautiful!
Hugs, Stephani